Russia will have its own Paralympics

Russian Presient Vladimir Putin promised to hold special Paralympics for Russian athletes
Russia will have its own Paralympics
25 August 14:25 2016 Print This Article

Vladimir Putin promised that Russia would hold special competition for Paralympics and the prizes would be equal to those at the Olympic Games, reports the Kremlin press-service.

“I would like to tell our Paralympic athletes that we will support them of course, and we will organise competitions where they can demonstrate their skills, and the rewards for the winners will be the same as what they would have received for their results in the Paralympics,” Presient Putin said during the state awards ceremony on Thursday.

He also said that at the next meeting of the council for sport the outcome of Rio de Janeiro and our plans for the future will be discussed in details.

On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee to fight the ban on Russian athletes from next month’s Paralympic Games. The ruling was handed down by Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on August 7 leaving Russian team out of the competition.

According to the Russian President this decision humiliates the IPC itself. “I feel sorry for those, who make such decisions as they cannot but understand that they are humiliating themselves,” the Russian president said.

Russia’s national team ended its performance at the Rio Olympic Games in the fourth place in unofficial team standings, winning 56 medals – 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze. The team was reduced as many athletes had been suspended following the doping scandal. A total of 107 out of 280 Russian athletes won the medals.

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